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HER Number:MDV5987
Name:Cairn south-east of Pizwell Bridge

Summary

Prehistoric ring cairn to the south-east of Pizwell Bridge with three orthostats and a possible cist

Location

Grid Reference:SX 671 775
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 442462
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/12
  • Old SAM Ref: 36054
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67NE16

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RING CAIRN (Early Bronze Age to Middle Bronze Age - 2000 BC to 1001 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SX67NE16 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346166.

Cairn circle of 5 metres diameter with three orthostats. Stone a) length 0.61 metres by 0.46 metres high. Stone b) length 0.76metres by 0.46 metres high. Stone c) length 0.61 metres by 0.30 metres high. The circle is clearly defined, the stone at d) is almost buried, and the rest of the circle is marked by small mounds, which undoubtedly are buried stones. The centre portion consists of a stone almost buried and a larger mound. Other details: Plan.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 176 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 18th June 1972. Slight cairn with retaining circle of diameter 4.5 metres and height 0.2 metres. Cairn is on Cator Common and east of Walla Brook. Other details: Widecombe-in-the-Moor 2.


Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

Other details: 960 and 968.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX67NE (Cartographic). SDV337077.

Not visible on available aerial photographs.


Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 74 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

E10. Platform circle. Ring of kerb stones with a 6 metres internal diameter enclosing a flat-topped cairn 0.4 metres high. There is a possible central cist. Only three of kerb stones are left.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 138 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Pizwell Bridge cairn of circa 5 metres diameter by 0.5 metres high is to be found about 10 metres below the road in an unusual position near the base of the hill. Three retaining slabs form an arc around one side with another just under the turf. The top of a slab near the centre with a pit alongside might be one side of a cist. Other details: Map 18 Site 5.


Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

Cairn near Pizwell Bridge was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 55.


Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2007, Ring Cairn 296 metres south-east of Riddon Brake (Schedule Document). SDV346165.

Ring cairn 296 metres south-east of Riddon Brake is situated on a gentle south-west facing slope overlooking the Walla Brook. It survives as a 5.5 metre diameter flat topped circular mound standing up to 0.4 metres high. Around the southern edge of the mound are three edge set orthostats which represent the remains of a kerb which may survive elsewhere as a buried feature. A flat stone protruding through the turf within the southern part of the mound may represent a displaced cist coverstone. Ring cairns are interpreted as ritual monuments of Early and Middle Bronze Age date. This cairn survives well and is unusually sited towards the bottom of a slope. The cairn lies on the edge of an area containing a wide variety of broadly contemporary archaeological sites and it contributes to our understanding of Bronze Age land control and ritual. The cairn will also contain inportant archaeological and environmental information relating ot the monument and the landscape in which it was built. Other details: Monument 36054. Map object based on this Source.


National Monuments Record, 2011, 442462 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346167.

The remains of a cairn and cist are alleged at this location.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 74.
  • Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 176.
  • Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound.
  • Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 138.
  • Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
  • Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX67NE. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
  • National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 442462. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SX67NE16. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 2007. Ring Cairn 296 metres south-east of Riddon Brake. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jun 18 2013 10:18AM